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When can the -ing form of a verb be placed before a noun?

My native-speaker's grammatical intuition tells me that: There is a sleeping man under the tree. is fine but There is a fishing man by the river bank. is wrong. Why? I've thought about ...
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Is “Should be *ing” a valid English phrasing?

I'm Portuguese and my girlfriend German. Because she is a Germanic-language native-speaker, she is constantly correcting my English. Though, often it is annoying that she corrects me in grammar ...
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Can a gerund be modified by an adjective?

Is the sentence below grammatically correct? Good writing requires hard work. Or should it read: Writing well requires hard work. Can a gerund be modified by an adjective or must it be ...
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Use of an ~ing form with another verb

I'm not sure how to describe the use of the bolded words in the following cases: Pete is happy singing a song Anna talked screaming Mike entered the room screaming and laughing Is it ...
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Doubts about using “to+ ing”

I heard this sentence in a film: We are one step closer to ending this. I do not know why we have to use "ending" instead of "end". Is "Step to" a phrasal verb?
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Looking forward to follow vs. following

I was reading this today: We look forward to following your progress. Am I correct in thinking that it is missing a be or -ing should be removed? So We look forward to be following your progress. ...
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Like to vs like + ing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “I like to do (be) something” vs “I like doing (being) something” Hello, Is there any difference of meaning between these sentences? I like to get up early I like ...
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Passive auxiliary verb or progressive one?

Uncle Vernon made another funny noise, like a mouse being trodden on.                —Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Is ‘being’ a passive auxiliary verb or a progressive one?
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hand-holding versus holding hands

An author has this sentence: Kids should not be forced to show physical affection through hugs, kisses, roughhousing, lap sitting, or handholding. I checked the dictionary* to see if ...
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For + verb-ing at the beginning of a sentece

Is the following sentence structure grammatically correct? I mean, I've found a lot of examples that have this structure but not at the beginning of the phrase but with a subject before. Here is an ...
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“This video shows a heart transplant take place” or “taking place”?

Which is the correct version of this sentence: "This video shows a heart transplant take place" or "taking place"? I have a hunch that both are correct, but for the life of me I can't recall in ...
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A question about “to becoming” [duplicate]

Would this sentence be correct? Being scared is the first step to becoming free. The more I look at it, the less clear it becomes.
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Apart from + infinitive

A piece of news from the BBC reads as follows [emphasis in the original]: The UN has said very little on the matter, apart from to insist it is immune from legal proceedings. Now, I knew that ...
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What’s difference between “in” + VERBing compared with just plain VERBing alone?

In the following example from page 145 of Frederick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer, what would differ if the sentence were to start with Being instead of In being? In being an empirical ...
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I've been seeing good movies or I've been watching good movies? [duplicate]

what would you rather say? Which one is correct? Thanks,Herman.
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Is there any circumstance we should cut off the “Y” when adding the “ING” to a verb?

This question raised when a colleague told me that the correct way of writing bully + -ing is bullying, rather than bulling. Initially I thought that the -y- should be kept only when the verb ended ...
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Why different tenses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using verb tenses correctly This is a quote from The Great Gatsby: She smiled slowly and, walking through her husband as if he were a ghost, shook hands with Tom, ...
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The use of vs using …?

I am unsure if I can use this two forms interchangeably (simplified sentences): We did that, hence using the object is the only way. versus We did that, hence the use of the object is the ...
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How to pronounce '-ing' followed by a vowel

I'm getting into English recently and I'm a little confused by the way people pronounce a word that starts in a vowel right after a word ending in -ing. For example: You have to bring it up now? ...
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In “can hear singing”, is “singing” a verb or a gerund?

In this sentence is singing a verb or a gerund? Look at the children whom you can hear singing.
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Stative verbs in the continuous form?

As a nonnative speaker of English I was always taught in school that there are verbs that cannot be used in the continuous form, i.e. the stative verbs. However, I've seen some stative verbs used in ...
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“while at the same time” + -ing form?

In following sentence, I'm not sure if I have to use the -ing form or the infinitive. I wanted to get rid of X, while at the same time not assuming/ assume that... The -ing form sounds better, ...
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when should we use “being” [migrated]

From an article in The Hindu: An Integrated Textile Park (ITP) being developed at Edlapadu on Guntur-Chennai National Highway is expected to give the much-needed fillip to textile industry in ...
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-ing phrase tag-line?

I'm currently rebuilding a website for a client. On their website, the tag-line reads "Specializing in Manufactured Housing Communities" Is this grammatically correct? In my opinion, ...
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Occupy vs. occupying

Please read the following sentence: Determine the mechanism by which the elements occupying the system interact with one another. Is occupying grammatically correct in this context? Should that ...
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Ambiguities and use of infinite and “-ing” form [closed]

I was looking for videos on YouTube, in my (almost) daily exercise to attempt improving my understanding of the spoken English, when I settled for a video entitled: "Why you will fail to have a great ...